Every Summer, I choose a few skill activities for each of my children to work on and a heart "theme" for us to focus on as a family. This helps keeps me intentional as I mother and also gives direction to our days.
Here's what this Summer looks like:
Skill Activities for my boys
Do a puzzle alone and with joy
Be able to "read" quietly for 20 minutes (snacks help this)
Write all letters (for my 4 year old, just something to work towards)
Put shoes on and off by himself (for my 2 year old)
Ride bike without training wheels (for my 4 year old... check!)
Swim without floats (for my 4 year old)
Learn to use words before screaming (for my 2 year old, ha!)
Heart Focus for our family: Prayer!
We're memorizing The Lord's Prayer (to the tune of Barney's "I love you") and spending meal times talking about what the words mean.
We're also learning to be quick to ask for God's help as we exhibit fruits of the Spirit, trusting in His capabilities instead of our own (failing) strength.
We reference this art print frequently, which also helps the boys learn their letters. I'll say "which fruit should we pray for in this scenario with your brother" and one of them will say "love!" or whatever and then they'll find it on the print and maybe even write out the word or trace it.
These are simple goals, but they're effective and so helpful as we long to make Christ's name great in our home and beyond.